It's a real pleasure walking through the Lea Valley Park by the Cornmill Stream on these clear, crispy days with Jed. He loves the snow and eats it.
The Park authorities have pollarded some of the willows growing beside the stream.
Pollarding waterside willows is traditional management in East Anglia. The new shoots are out of reach of browsing animals and were cut at varying intervals to use for tool handles, hurdles and baskets etc.
Since there are no cows or deer around and the arisings are all thrown in the bushes and left to rot - why bother?